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A very English encouragement

Last year, when I was looking for an agent or publisher for Follow Your Fantasy, I lost some pitching libido around May.

I’d met a guy around March who was keen for me to send it to his literarily well-connected sister. I didn’t at first, not wanting feedback on it while it was with agents for fear of just hearing why they were about to reject it. Also I’d already gone through the rewriting twice and there comes a point where more feedback just becomes white noise. But, later, resolve flagging after another round of rejections, I sent it off and asked her if she had any ideas where I could send it.

His sister is married to a very famous literary author in the UK and this guy reckoned she had the contacts and the eye etc. He probably knew his sister less well than he thought though, or it’s possible I wasn’t clear about how explicit Follow Your Fantasy is.


Don’t make me read it again!

However, with the fatal Englishman’s style of politeness in the face of effrontery, she was very nice to me and you could say her words were like birdsong to my rejection burned ears.

I think it’s great and a brilliant idea which could be very popular. I like your writing which is very unaffected and clear and has a good pace. The subject matter is slightly out of my area (I’m terribly square) and I couldn’t help but read it as if it was supposed to be tongue in cheek […] It could be very successful and is certainly well enough written to be worth pursuing.

I was mortified that I’d sent her something so far from her idea of taste and decency and apologised. I’d be the first to say the book is not everyone’s cup of tea.

But, reinvigorated with a  more devil may care attitude, I sent it off to Harper Impulse who signed it immediately. I got The Call three days later I think.

As for the guy, his sister didn’t speak to him for weeks afterwards and apparently told him it was the most disgusting thing she’d ever read. I can’t help but delight in the lesson there is here for anyone doesn’t believe how unfathomable English people are.

The subject matter is slightly out of my subject area = It’s the most disgusting thing I’ve ever read.

6 comments on “A very English encouragement

  1. multimaniaco
    February 25, 2014

    I always felt when learning English that understanding what was being said was like getting a martial arts black belt: it feels like an accomplishment, but it only means you are mastered the basics and you are ready to really learn. Understanding what English people say is only half of understanding what they are really saying.

    • Nicola
      February 25, 2014

      We’ll never tell, never!

  2. Andrew
    February 25, 2014

    …is that a toothed beaver?

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